What drives a fan to don a ridiculous costume on a scorching hot summer day? What compels a fan to spend weeks slaving over homemade costumes and prop weapons? Some do it to show off, loving the attention of flashing cameras and adoring fanboys and fangirls. Others do it to meet and befriend fellow hard-core fans. The most pure reason could be for the love of the character they cosplay.
'The Cosplaye Psyche'
Asia Pacific Arts, 2008.08.08